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1. The Clover Meadow, - - - Byron W. Kimj. 5

2. Boys in Blue, - Ingersol, 8

8. Burned Out, ..... Carrie Hea, 10

4. In the Bottom Drawer, .... 12

6. A Traveler's Evening Song, - Mrs. Bemnns. 13

6. Hours of Night, .... Byron IF. King, 15

7. The Orchard Tree, ... Byron IF. King. 17

8. E Pluribus Unum, ... - Geo. W. Curtis, 22

9. Sheridan's Ride, - - - - - T. B. Bccd, 25

10. LaFayette, ... Charles Sprague, 27

11. The Lament of Alpin, ... - Ossian, 29

12. The Old Clock on the Stairs, - - - Longfellow, 31

13. The Leper, - N. P. Willis, 33

14. Brutus Over the Dead Lucretia, - - J. H. Payne, 36

15. The Burial of Moses, - - - C. F. Alexander, 58

16. The Octoroon, .... Byron IF. I£iiig, 41

17. Bock Me To Sleep, 49

18. My Mother's Song, ... Byron IF. King, 50

19. Lariat Bill—The Engineer's Story, - - Puck, 50

20. The Guardian Angel. - - - Julia Mills Dunn, 53

21. Fashionable School Girl, ----- 56

22. Old Chums, - ... Alice Carey. 59

23. Labor, Tlwmas Carlylc, 61

24. Connor, - - ----- , C3

25. Eugene Aram's Dream, ... Thomas Hood, 72

26. The Brakeman at Church, - - R. J. Burdette, 79

27. What the Clock Saw, ... - 83

28. Over the Hill from the Poor House, - W. CarMon. 87

29. The Bartender's Story, - - Pcleg Arkwright, 00

30. Aunty Doleful's Visit. - Mary Kyle Dallas, 95

31. Cuddle Doom, - Alexander Anderson, 97

32. Belshazzar's Doom, ... - OS

S3. I Have Seen an End of all Perfection, Mrs. Sigourney, 102

34. Cato on Immortality, .... Addison, 106

85. Potency of English Words, - John S. Mcintosh, 107

86. Why Girls Can't Whistle, - - - 108

88. The Kitchen Poker, ----- 110

39. Engineers' Making Lore, - - - II. J. Burdette, 113

40. Hamlet's Soliloquy, ... - Shakespeare, 114

41. The Bells of Shandon, - - - Fatlier Prout, 115

42. Hymn to the Night, - - - - Longfellow, 118

43. Scene from Hamlet, - Shakespeare, 117

44. The Village Blacksmith, - Longfellow, 120

45. Murder of King Duncan, ... Shakespeare, 122

46. Mother, , 126

47. Centennial Hymn, ... John G. Whittier, 128

48. The Raven, - Edgar A. Poe, 129

49. An Original Love Story, ... - 135

50. Heart's Ease, - 136

51. Barbery Frickey, - - . German Version, 138

52. Remembrance, 140

53. Easter Mom. Byron W. King, 141

54. Fanny and I, - 142

55. Evening Bells, ------ Moore, 144

56. Asleep at the Switch, ... George Hoey, 145

57. Mr. and Mrs. Bowser. - Mrs. Bowser, 148

58. Miss Edith Helps Things Along, - - Brete Harte, 153

59. Billy Grimes, the Drover, - 155

60. Through the Tunnel, - 156

61. Surly Tim's Trouble, 157

92. Alone, - - II. J. Burdette, 169

63. The Green Mountain Justice, --- 169

64. The Dutchman's Serenade, - 172

65. Mr. Spoopendyke Explains the Weather Bureau,- 174

66. Burglar Bill, - - - 174

67. The Nation's Dead, - - - Byron W. King, 180

68. Glory, Dr. Wayland, 183

69. The Wounded Soldier, 184

70. A Similar Case. ------ 187

71. Long as the Tide Shall Flow, - Byron W. King, 188

72. The Difference, 189

73. The Ship of Faith, . 190

74. The Curse of Regulus, .... 192

75. Jim Brown's Sisters Wedding, - - 195

76. Life, - Wallace, 198

77. How Ruby Played, ., 200

78. The Bobolink, The Aldine, 206

79. Where's Annette, , 208

80. The Model Discourse, 213

SI. One of His Names. • - - Josephine Pollard, 216

Book I.

Practice Of Speech.

—"Wit, words and worth; Action and utterance and the power of speech, to stir men's blood!"—Shakespeare.

—"Many an idea has been driven home by an explosive tone."— Beecher.

"Do nothing in imitation of a teacher,—avoid all his mannerisms. But, if he shows you underlying principles of speaking,—exercises to develop and train your voice, to make you graceful in gesture, practice perseveringly, patiently and critically."—Jno. B. Oough, Lecture on Eloquence.

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